American Psychological Foundation

The need for funding is tremendous. Even though APF's Campaign to Transform the Future has raised $11 million since its launch in 2012, APF is still only able to fund 9 percent of the worthy research proposals it receives from graduate students and early career psychologists.

That fact drives the altruistic efforts of W. Bruce Walsh, PhD, who has generously shared his time and financial resources over the years with APF graduate students and early career psychologists.

"My primary motivation is to do whatever we can do to improve those odds," says Walsh, professor emeritus at The Ohio State University and a noted scholar in career assessment who has trained scores of doctoral ­students in counseling psychology.

In the last two years, Walsh's contributions have included serving on the APF Board of Trustees and reaching a "philanthropist level" donation to APF—marked by contributions of $250,000 or more to the Campaign to Transform the Future, which funds student and early career research in the cutting-edge areas of violence prevention, the health-behavior connection, ending stigma and prejudice, and addressing psychological needs following disasters.

In addition, Walsh funded the APF Bruce and Jane Walsh Grant in Memory of John Holland, which awards $13,000 each year to graduate students and early career psychologists to support scientific, scholarly, educational or applied research activities that look at the ways personality, culture and environment influence work-related behavior and health. The grant is named after John Holland, PhD, whose pioneering research on "best fit" for specific jobs has had "a staggering influence on vocational psychology, personality and organizational psychology," Walsh says.

Walsh is eager to dive into the support of graduate students and early career psychologists through all of these channels, including continued fundraising related to the goals of the Campaign to Transform the Future, which ends in December.

As a member of the APF board, Walsh is prepared to continue to build on what is most vital to the foundation, he says. "We'll all work hard to keep pushing forward and supporting the basic concept that APF was founded on—helping graduate students and students and early career psychologists in their work," he says.

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